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ERIC Number: EJ934583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
Improving Marking Quality through a Taxonomy of Mark Schemes
Ahmed, Ayesha; Pollitt, Alastair
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v18 n3 p259-278 2011
At the heart of most assessments lies a set of questions, and those who write them must achieve "two" things. Not only must they ensure that each question elicits the kind of performance that shows how "good" pupils are at the subject, but they must also ensure that each mark scheme gives more marks to those who are "better" at it. We outline a general taxonomy of mark schemes applicable across different subjects and question types, with the aim of improving the quality of marking in many different national contexts. We begin by arguing for the acceptance by all concerned of an "Importance Statement" which expresses what matters most in teaching, learning and assessing a particular subject. Based on extensive studies of exam papers in the UK, and utilising the experience of many examiners, we have developed three specific taxonomies for the kinds of mark scheme that are used with different kinds of questions. The taxonomies show how existing mark schemes vary in their effectiveness, and how they can be improved so that better performances get more marks. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom